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  • July 18

    July 18, 2010 --

    Computer glitch costs Ga. taxpayers

    July 16

    July 17, 2010 --

    Oxendine donors deny link to favorable directive Ethics panel: Corporations may campaign for candidates Jury awards $88,500 in turtle case Ex-Clayton Co. chief seeks grand jury investigation of demotion Forsyth Co. planning director might face discipline for misconduct

    July 17

    July 17, 2010 --

    Newton Co. principal resigns after investigation Opinion: Bias claims against ATL cheating probe unfounded Orbitz to pay Columbus $450K settlement

    Fulton judge clears way for Oxendine ethics hearing

    Fulton judge clears way for Oxendine ethics hearing
    July 16, 2010 --

    The State Ethics Commission has every right to issue subpoenas as it investigates ethics allegations against gubernatorial candidate John Oxendine, a judge ruled today. The decision clears the way for investigators to get a better idea of any communication between 10 Alabama political action committees and the source of $120,000 in apparently illegal political contributions.

    Fried chicken, Krispy Kreme and lobbying under ethics scrutiny

    July 16, 2010 --

    Last December, a $500 donation could buy a ticket to a fundraiser featuring “Bojangles’ Fried Chicken, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, And Mel Watt, of course!” Two days later, Congressman Watt (D-N.C.) withdrew a provision from the House’s financial reform bill that would have regulated loans from car dealers. Fund-raisers by Watt, Georgia’s  Tom Price and several other congressmen are the subject of ethics investigations, The New York Times reports today.

    Report: 2 ethics attorneys ran private practice on state’s time

    Report: 2 ethics attorneys ran private practice on state's time
    July 15, 2010 --

    Two attorneys for the State Ethics Commission improperly used public resources to operate their private law practice, Inspector General Elizabeth Archer has found. Attorneys Yasha Heidari, who resigned in April, and Tom Plank used state-issued computers to research clients’ cases and abused sick leave, she said, and they created a potential conflict by representing a business operated by a man who offers his services as a lobbyist, a profession regulated by the ethics commission. UPDATE: The Ethics Commission said today it will implement the inspector general’s recommended remedies immediately and will “take appropriate action” after reviewing the findings regarding Plank.

    Unopposed legislators collect $530K in 2nd quarter

    July 15, 2010 --

    More than 90 state lawmakers — and one newcomer — collected $530,000 in campaign contributions this spring even though they will coast to election in November without a fight,an analysis of campaign records shows. More than half of that cash flowed to just 10 of them.

    July 15

    July 15, 2010 --

    DeCosta: Airport contract winner stiffed city White athletes sue Savannah State for bias Investigation clears ex-Clayton Co. police chief Columbus Parks & Rec probe now criminal Reforming Fulton Co. Commission will take more than good intent Cobb commissioner proposes to term-limit ethics board

    Hudgens discloses $100K loan to campaign, admits oversight

    Hudgens discloses $100K loan to campaign, admits oversight
    July 14, 2010 --

    Sen. Ralph Hudgens says he loaned his campaign the money to pay for two weeks of TV ads but neglected to file the necessary last-minute disclosures. The Madison County Republican, a candidate for state insurance commissioner, says he could file complaints against several opponents if he chose, but “I want to honor Ronald Reagan’s 11th commandment of ‘Speak no ill of your Republican brothers.'”

    July 14

    July 14, 2010 --

    ATL-Macon flights draw light loads, federal $$$ Corey lawyers: ATL broke own rules n airport contract deal With court approval, court continues to verify voters Ethics panel investigating Handel complaints Clayton Co. judge allows lawsuit against Scotts to continue Evans documents include e-mail from Courtney Fuhrmann

    Common Cause: Most top candidates back limits on lobbyist gifts

    July 13, 2010 --

    Most major candidates for governor back a limit on lobbyists’ gifts to legislators and on inter-campaign cash transfers, a new survey shows. Both measures drew support from leading candidates except for Thurbert Baker and John Oxendine, who have not yet responded to the survey. “It looks like from this list here … that the new governor will be somebody who stands behind these reforms,” Common Cause director Bill Bozarth said.

    July 13

    July 13, 2010 --

    Oxendine promoted hospice chain tied to $57K in campaign donations 2 cops out of jobs after repeat Tasering of woman Judge denies bid to delay airport advertising trial Canton ethics committee reviews complaint Catoosa Co. judge not told reason for firing